Thursday, 11 February 2010

R.I.P Alexander McQueen - One of fashion's most influential designers

Alexander McQueen, one of fashion's most respected designers has sadly died aged 40.
It is not yet known how McQueen died, apart from he was found at home.
The designer had tweeted on February 3rd that his mother had passed away.

McQueen was named Best British Designer four times between 1996 and 2003.
His Spring/Summer 2010 collection was getting final preparations done just a few days before being unveiled at London Fashion Week.

Many tributes have been made to Alexander McQueen:

"Lee McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers.
His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn't. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs," Ms Shulman added.
At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashions shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over" - Vogue Editor, Alexandra Schulman.

"I found his work very interesting and never banal.
There was always some attraction to death, his designs were sometimes dehumanised.
Who knows, perhaps after flirting with death too often, death attracts you." - Karl Lagerfield.

"Lee was the face of British fashion and his genius will be sorely missed by those who knew him and those of us who admired his unique and magical work." - ELLE Editor, Lorraine Candy.

"I have known Lee since his time at Saint Martins and gave him advice in the early part of his career. He was a very talented and creative designer, especially in respect of his tailored clothing." - Paul Smith.

"He was a genius and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed." - Matthew Williamson.

"Today, the fashion industry has lost a true great. An icon of all time. He made all he touched beautiful and will be desperately missed.
My heart is very much with his family and friends at this very sad time.
Master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration." - Victoria Beckham.

"Shocked and devastated" at the loss of her "dear friend." - Kate Moss.

"A huge loss" - Tyra Banks.

"I am so, so sad to hear the news of Lee (Alexander) McQueen! I really just don't know what say I'm really in shock" - Kelly Osbourne.

"Alexander McQueen, you made big bottomed and not-so-big bottomed girls all over the world look stunning... come back soon... give it another go" - Kirstie Alley.

"My heart goes out to Alexander's family and friends at this unbelievably sad and tragic time. Fashion has lost one of its most talented and inspirational figures." - Cheryl Cole.

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